The citers of the Film Academy of the Philippines will begin viewing 29 films starting on April 20, 2008 in preparation for an August staging of the 27th Luna Awards.
Meanwhile, FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez announced during the Board of Governors meeting last March 26 that the Academy will entertain proposals of groups who plan to produce this year’s Luna Awards.
It will be remembered that the 25th and 26th Luna Awards were held in simple rites as the producers who were contracted to stage the awards night backed off at the final moment.
The 22nd and 23rd Luna Awards were produced by Albert Martinez’ Big Mango Studio Productions, Inc. and the 24th Luna awards was produced by Eight Elephants Productions of Romick and Harlene Sarmenta.
The FAP citers will be reactivated to attend 14 days—every Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in the last half of April and May—to preview films. The Academy secretariat has lined up a total of 29 films which were rated A or B by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The citer-nominator-voter system of the Academy will enable the citers to come out with their own list of 10 possible nominees from the films they will be previewing.
The ten best lists of the citers will be further pruned down to the five (or less) final nominees. The nominators will conduct their own home viewing of the cited films from May 25 to June 10.
From this final list, the voters will then decide who is the best for all categories. The voters will view the films from June 22 to July 3.
The films rated A or B by the CEB are the following:
A rating—12 films (including three digital films)
Endo (UFO Pictures/digital); Pisay (Seiko Films/digital); Ploning (Panora-manila Films), which was our entry to the Oscar Awards’ Foreign Language Film Category this year; Caregiver (Star Cinema/Viva Films);
Urduja (Regal Entertainment Inc./APT Entertainment); A Very Special Love (Star Cinema/Viva Films); Kulam ((Regal Entertainment Inc.); Concerto (Solito Aureus Productions/Seiko Films); 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films/digital); and the three 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Dayo (Cutting Edge Productions); Baler (Viva Films) and Magkaibigan (Maverick Films).
B rating—17 films (including one digital film)
My Best Friend’s Girlfriend; My Big Love; When Love Begins; Ikaw Pa Rin; Serbis; Paupahan (digital); Dobol Trobol; Torotot; For the First Time; I.T.A.L.Y.; My Only You; One True Love; and the 2008 Metro Manila Filmfest entries Shake, Rattle & Roll 10; Desperada 2; Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat; One Night Only; and Iskul Bukol.
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